Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising Today at 10:42 pm

» Live and learn
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:01 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by bigdogrock Today at 5:55 pm

» New England, December 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 5:52 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 2:08 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals Today at 2:04 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Today at 2:01 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by sanderson Today at 1:44 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:36 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Yesterday at 9:46 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:39 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:28 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 5:46 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 12/2/2016, 2:59 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 2:14 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/2/2016, 1:13 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

composting horse manure

View previous topic View next topic Go down

composting horse manure

Post  HPartin on 3/23/2011, 4:17 pm

I have access to horse manure and I have read up on past postings but I still have one question. This maybe a crazy notion Smile.

If I put horse manure that is supposedly not fresh (but probably not composted per se) could I leave in in black plastic bags in the sun and let it heat up in order to kill stray seeds and pathogens? Would this be a bad thing. Or, should I just add it to my composter with whatever I have and let it sit for a while.

I have 4 concerns: 1. I am afraid of introducing weeds to my garden 2. I don't want to get sick
3. I don't want to "burn" my new plants 4. I don't want to mess up what I have started in my compost bin.

Has anyone done this before?

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: composting horse manure

Post  Odd Duck on 3/23/2011, 10:09 pm

Even if the bag got, and stayed, hot enough for long enough to kill the pathogens, it will still be much too "hot", meaning high in nitrogen, to be safe to put directly on your plants. It is much safer to run it through a hot composting process. "Hot" composting, as opposed to "cold" composting, gets turned multiple times to reactivate the heating process. This is the safest way to compost with manures of any sort. Safest as regards pathogens, stray seeds and tempering the nitrogen levels.

If your compost is nearly done, maybe you could find a place to start your next compost pile. I've had the best luck with at least 2 heaps - 3 is even better. I'm using from 1 and have 1 aging while I'm filling 1. If I want compost quicker, I keep a spot open and turn the compost back and forth to "cook" it faster. This keeps the contents hotter and is the safest way to use manure.

You could also try vermicomposting. The worms are actually eating the bacteria, so they pretty much digest the pathogens. Sorry, I don't have those links handy, but they're out there if you search. Worms do NOT do a very good job of getting rid of stray seeds, though. I've found that many of the seeds will sprout in the worm bin, though, and are easily plucked, dropped back in the bin, then will rot and be eaten eventually.

Odd Duck

Female Posts : 327
Join date : 2010-03-08
Age : 54
Location : DFW, TX, Zone 7b/8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum